OKC Thunder back in Oklahoma for Game 3 Sunday after ‘worst playoff loss ever’

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs dominated the final three quarters to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-77, handing OKC their worst playoff loss ever in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

San Antonio outscored OKC by 37 points in the final three quarters, holding the Thunder to just 51 points over the final three periods.

The Thunder held their own in the first quarter, leading 26-24 after the opening 12 minutes.

It was all Spurs after that, as San Antonio carved up the OKC defense once again, and the Thunder’s offense was inept, with none of the Oklahoma City players playing well.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored just 15 points each, with Durant making just 6 of 16 shots, and missing all four three-point attempts.

Westbrook was 7 of 24 from the field, and made only one of five three-point shots.

Jeremy Lamb was the only other Thunder player to score in double figures, and he scored most of his in garbage time after the game’s outcome had been decided.

The starting trio of Nick Collison, Thabo Sefolosha, and Kendrick Perkins combined for just four points, one fewer than the five they scored in Game 1.

Sefolosha was held scoreless for the second straight game, missing all five of his field goal attempts.

The Spurs outplayed OKC in every phase, outrebounding the Thunder 53-38, outscoring them in the paint 54-42, and outscoring them 21-8 off turnovers.

The Thunder shot just 39 percent from the field, while the Spurs hit 50 percent from the floor.

Tony Parker seemingly toyed with the Thunder defense, scoring 22 points, while Danny Green added 21, hitting seven of 10 from three-point range.

Tim Duncan added a double-double, with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Thunder’s margin of defeat was their greatest in a playoff game since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City, the 35 point defeat surpassing the 24-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010.

San Antonio took control of the game 25-8 run to close the second quarter, taking a 58-44 lead at halftime.

The Spurs outscored OKC 34-18 in the second quarter, then outscored them 33-18 in the third quarter, a combined result of 67-36 in the middle two quarters.

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks put in the reserves for the final quarter, with the outcome all but decided as San Antonio led 91-62 after three quarters.

The Spurs lead the series two games to none, but it’s not an insurmountable deficit.

OKC trailed 2-0 in the series in the 2012 Western Conference Finals and came back to win four in a row to take the series.

That doesn’t look likely this year, with the injured Serge Ibaka out for the series with a strained calf.

OKC has a few days to regroup before the series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 Sunday at 7:30 at Chesapeake Arena.

 

 


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